*We’ve taken a lot of pictures to aid with the construction of this bag. The next few posts will split the pictures into segments of construction. Doing this may clear up some of the questions about creating the Japanese Knot Bag. After following several threads from it’s original page and after seeing attempts to create the bag, several people have said that they weren’t ‘clear’ about the original directions to sew the bag together. Hopefully, this can help clear up some questions about the main construction and clarify some of the directions on assembly.*
Pattern is from Helen of Show Your Workings (Japanese Knot Bag Tutorial) (Click Here)
Now that all 6 snails are embroidered and ready to place on the outer fabric, it’s time to piece the outer fabric together.
We cut out the outer fabric (felt) here in Part 9. The beginning of this “idea” is found in Part 1. Remember, the idea here is to piece together an entire purse outer fabric. This is a alteration from the original pattern that simply calls for a Fat Quarter to be cut. If you want to create your own outer purse fabric, this will help you to form the outer fabric to use for the purse.
Here the 2 cut pieces are placed on the paper pattern to determine the exact overlap of the edges to create the correct size of the complete purse piece.
The overlap of the blue felt over the green felt.
Pin together to minimize movement while sewing. (Most times, I don’t pin anything while sewing. I only use the pins to hold key points in the fabric as opposed to pinning the entire seam.)
My sewing machine allows me to move the sewing needle left and right of the center of the foot. Here I use the foot to hold the fabric down and move the needle to the farthest right position to top stitch close to the edge of the blue felt.
One top stitch seam done.
I use the foot to hold the fabric in place again, this time I run the edge of the blue to the left of the foot and move my needle to the farthest left position to stitch on the other side of the first tip stitch.
Here is the second top stitch seam. The result is a twin line of stitching to hold the fabrics together.
From the ‘wrong side’ of the fabric, it looks like this. I’m leaving all that overlap there and not trimming it.
Both sides are pieced and sewn to form one full front and back of the purse. (In the upper right there, that is my bobbin box. Hubby made it for me 😉 It holds the sewing machine bobbins sideways to show the colors and they all sit in little channels in both the cover and the holder. Notice the cute little message…he always adds little pencil messages in unexpected little areas!)
Match the splice or whatever piecing you do so that the edges of your creation are even.
Be sure that it all lines up from the noticeable points.
The directions for the Japanese Knot Bag say to
“Mark with chalk or pencil on the fabric at the point of the join in the paper pattern. This is the point you will to on the side seams…”
So, here you see the two pattern pieces. The line where the paper pattern is taped together is marked with a pin on the outer fabric. See the yellow pin head? Sew from there down to the bottom edge of the purse.
Start at the marked point (see the yellow head of the pin) and sew. Again, I used my foot to ride the edge of the fabric as a gauge. It keeps the seam even and straight.
Here is the outer fabric sewn at one seam. Notice the tops are not sewn. It’s ok. That is what the directions tell us to do. It will work out in the end. 😉
At this point, we cannot sew up the second seam, simply because we need to applique our snail portraits to this before going on. If you want to add anything to the outside of your bag, this is your stopping point. Add what you want to add. Just be careful not to add anything into the seam allowance around the bag’s edges.
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